After Big Storms: Rebuild Or No?

http://onpoint.wbur.org/2013/02/05/rebuilding
February 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

After Big Storms: Rebuild Or No?

New York’s governor wants Superstorm Sandy victims to move off the coast. We’ll look at when and where to rebuild.

Carpenters install new siding on a storm-damaged beachfront house in the Far Rockaways, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 in the Queens borough of New York. (AP)

Last week, Congress finally approved $51 billion in aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy. This week, New York governor Andrew Cuomo says in his state he wants to use a chunk of that big money to pay people not to rebuild on the shore.

To turn neighborhoods into wetlands, salt marshes, room for dunes. To abandon communities in the path of rising seas.

In many ways, Washington subsidizes coastal life. Now climate change is making coastal life more vulnerable. Is it time to pull the plug?

This hour, On Point: to rebuild or not to rebuild when Mother Nature comes ashore.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Matthew Schuerman, transit and economic development reporter for WNYC Radio. (@mlschuer)

Jessica Grannis, staff attorney and professor at the Georgetown Climate Center and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Robert Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines and professor of coastal geology at Western Carolina University.

Rep. Bill Pascrell,Democratic Congressman from New Jersey.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

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